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Pakistan's Leadership Crisis


Metaphors are central in the forming of perceptions. These have greater impact on recipients. The closest in metaphor resembling Pakistan's crisis is Shakespeare's Hamlet. It is a problem play. When folly reaches a point, the wrongdoers eliminate each other. What in fact happens is that everyone distorts the reality to fit the circumstances. What happens to executives is that the unfolding rationalization and logic tackles despair and nothing else. In the process they become part of it and common sense stands defied. How lonely one becomes is the ultimate truth in statecraft. Does a cursory look at the recent developments not prove that Shakespeare's Hamlet is being played again?

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Kashmir Plebiscite | in the Light of Scottish Referendum


Kashmir, indubitably, is the most beautiful and the serenest place on the planet. It is often referred to as the 'Switzerland of the East, and “Paradise on Earth.” One would not imagine that such beauty could be beset by years of conflict, war and oppression. And yet, the people of Kashmir have endured such troubles since 1947, when India and Pakistan became separate States. Kashmir, a largely Muslim-populated area with an Indian Maharajah as its ruler at the time, was left aggressively contested by the two new States.

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US-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement


A Sinister Plan to Stay Put in Afghanistan? | On September 30, soon after the swearing-in of the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the Bilateral Security Agreement (hereinafter BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States was signed in Kabul. The US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham and Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar signed the BSA that will ensure a US/NATO troop presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014. On the same day, Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with NATO, whose combat mission is scheduled to end this year, was also signed.

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From The International Law to the Global Administrative Law


The instant piece is aimed at exploring the new frontier of the international law in the form of the Global Administrative Law (GAL) with a brief discussion on its concept, status and kinds. Later, a brief résumé of the use of the GAL in relation to global terrorism has been presented with analytical remarks.

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Hamas-Israel Truce


Only One Thing Will Make Israel Change Course. Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority finally accepted a cease-fire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement calls for an end to military action by Israel and Hamas as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years. This is, however, just the most recent of a series of cease-fire agreements reached after each of Israel's periodic escalations of its unremitting assault on Gaza.

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Remaking Pakistan


Indeed, a nation, like an individual, is an organic entity that goes through different life-stages from birth and infancy to the identity crisis of adolescence, then budding into maturity and adulthood, and if not nourished and groomed properly through institutional strength with political, economic, social and moral steadiness, like a handicapped human body, first suffering inertia and purposelessness and then fading into decline and decadence. These stages are partly the result of governance patterns, governmental policies and priorities and the nature and effectiveness of institutional arrangements, partly of the way the state's leadership acquits itself and partly of the changing perceptions and preferences of the people themselves.

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Meliorating the Civil Services


It is often said that CSS is a test of one's intelligence, capabilities and talent as it helps brilliant minds in climbing up to the top rung of the success ladder. But, is it really so? This is the moot point, especially in the wake of CSS-2014 written part result, which has baffled numerous aspirants.

The CSS exam continues to be a hard nut to crack. Though the pass percentage has slightly improved, yet the quality of the recruits is still a matter of grave concern.

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